Favourite Son?: John A. Macdonald and the Voters of Kingston, 1841-1891

Political biographies generally focus on public careers and often take for granted their subjects' constituency background.  Favourite Son? is a book about the political relations between Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John Macdonald, and the Ontario city of Kingston which he represented in parliament for over thirty-eight years (with one interval) between 1844 and his death in 1891. Favourite Son? was published, in a handsome volume, by the Kingston Historical Society in 2010. (In 2016, copies were still available for purchase.) I am grateful to the Kingston Historical Society for permission to re-publish this version of the text on my website. Brian Osborne suggested the title, and supported the project in many other ways. Without his help, the book would not have happened.

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